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Gay Abel-Bey

After receiving her B.A. from Mount Holyoke College, Gay Abel-Bey earned her M.F.A. in Film from UCLA. She was granted The Dorothy Arzner Award for high recognition of a dramatic piece by a woman for her thesis film, Fragrance (1991).

As a graduate student, Abel-Bey taught courses in scriptwriting and production for the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television and produced a number of instructional videos. She became involved with the prestigious local film festival, Filmex, and also co-hosted a retrospective for the National Film School of London. In addition, Abel-Bey developed a community-based documentary workshop for at-risk youth in Los Angeles.

Her work includes producing a number of independent projects, such as: “Father and Son,” which received a Sony Innovators Award, “When It’s Your Turn” for WPVI-TV, Philadelphia, and “Stone Cold Hustler,” which won a local Emmy in Washington, D.C.

Abel-Bey began teaching at New York University in 1995, where she currently serves as an Academic Advisor for the Undergraduate Division of Film & Television and teaches courses in film production and scriptwriting.

Mount Holyoke College, B.A.; UCLA, M.F.A.


Film Role(s) Year
No image Tommy

A lonely teenage boy with a limp, who lives with his verbally abusive and neglectful grandmother, finally decides to leave home. 


Daydream Therapy Daydream Therapy

Bernard Nicolas' Daydream Therapy,set to Nina Simone’s haunting rendition of “Pirate Jenny” poetically envisions a hotel worker’s escape from workplace indignities through vivid fantasy.

Cast 1977
No image Happy Valentine's Day

Four women college students at Mt. Holyoke discuss their romances (lesbian and straight) with each other over the two days leading up to the Valentine’s Day mixer. Directed by Gay Abel-Bey.

Fragrance (1991) Fragrance

Conflicted by duty and fear, George heads off to war, still unresolved over the larger question of whether African Americans should be fighting for justice at home or abroad in Gay Abel-Bey's drama.